Heel Pain

Heel pain can present in many forms.

The most common form of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, where damage is caused to the plantar fascia, (similar to a ligament) which connects the heel bone to the base of the toes.  This often occurs when there is a change in lifestyle, like walking more, standing more, running more, putting on weight, overstretching of the sole or a tight Achilles tendon.  Treatment can include heel supports, stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory medication or referral for steroid injections or specialist physiotherapy if necessary.

There are others forms of heel pain such as heel bursitis, heel bumps, tarsal tunnel syndrome, Sever’s disease (usually associated with kids between 8 and 12) and Achilles tendonosis.